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Clinical Informatics Specialist

Location:
Roeland Park, KS
Company:
The University of Kansas Health System

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Nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom. This role reports to the Clinical Informatics. This role requires advanced skills in the practice of Informatics to assure information system value through quality, safety and user experience. This role includes primary functions such as, project leadership, system and process analysis, data standards and system adoption. Analysis consists of evaluating current state against desired future state with consideration to policy, compliance, evidence, quality, operational standardization, workflow implications, reliability and usability of the system. Assurance of data quality and standards consist of standardized terminology, discrete data concepts, decision support tools, data warehousing, data mining.

The goal of this role is to provide informatics knowledge to support the performance improvement of professional clinical practice using information systems. Desired results include user adoption of the EHR, data transformation for clinical decision support, research and business intelligence, interoperability of the EHR, and to achieve optimal patient quality outcomes as a result of system support.



  • Analysis: Demonstrates advanced/proficient informatics analysis skills to plan, manage, problem solve, mitigate risk in the deployment of applications and work process transformations through governance navigation (decision making/policy), workflow and information system design development. Ability to work independently with little direction. Able to prioritize work according to deadlines and organizational initiatives to produce assigned outcomes. Provides evaluation and consultation for enterprise-wide technology needs.
  • Data and Informatics Standards: Demonstrates exceptional/advanced understanding of data transformation, data quality and Informatics standards that allow for the integration of data, information and knowledge to support decision support and business intelligence (data warehousing). Demonstrates data ability to facilitate data flow through the continuum. Documents standards according to the specified documentation model. Develops and implements health system wide Informatics standards and processes to support standardized informatics practice throughout the health system. Facilitates review cycles to ensure standards are maintained over time.
  • Change Management: Responsible for intake of departmental initiatives and system level changes requests. Assists departments with workflow and process evaluations in order to accurately capture needs. Participates in software system projects and development life cycles: planning, analysis, design, limited build, testing and limited training. Enables and supports the department in prioritization of requests for system and workflow changes. Leads informatics support of system wide project implementations. Facilitates the management of the inventory of requests for assigned enterprise operational area. Applies change management theories and strategically plans communication, education and support plans. Functions as informatics specialist expert to assure clinical adoption across the system. Soliciting expert input and end user feedback ongoing.
  • Quality Management: Operationalizes the use of quality methodologies, including PSDA process and metric/KPI identification for standardizing processes in accordance with current evidence, quality initiatives, regulatory compliance, billing compliance. Assures performance improvement outcomes achievement with implementations.
  • Usability: Demonstrates advanced/proficient knowledge of and application of usability concepts. Contributes to usability standards to continuously improve the user experience. Proactive identification of system enhancements to improve health system user experience and system performance. Represents end user usability needs on health system projects
  • Educates: Acts as a liaison, role model, educator and champion for end users in understanding, utilizing, optimizing and designing systems and processes to increase efficiency and quality of evidence-based care provision. Applies adult learning theories and principals within the design of educational delivery generation. Contributes to informatics program competencies and supports education tactics.
  • Distributed Build: Responsible for limited build through the distributed build program after trained and/or certified as appropriate for the software supported.
  • Process Management: Demonstrates advanced/proficient knowledge of system life cycles and complies with defined framework for system implementation for developing, reviewing, approving and disseminating changes to support operational/business standards and processes. Demonstrates process management skills by facilitating complex changes through implementation and post implementation monitoring.
  • Information System Knowledge: Demonstrates proficient understanding of the technical capabilities of our current application systems and applies integrated system knowledge to facilitate process redesign and continued improvement. Proactively seeks out learning opportunities to improve skills and system. Shares and disseminates knowledge to others.
  • Professional Growth: Supports hospital strategic goals by continuously enhancing knowledge and competency in the emerging field of Nursing Informatics and Informatics Industry standards.

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree Nursing
  • KS Nursing License/MO Nursing License as appropriate
  • BLS Certification
  • Minimum of three (3) years direct patient care experience; literature search/review experience.
  • Minimum of two (2) years Informatics experience
  • EPIC Proficiency/Certification within 6 months of orientation completion; as designated by role requirements.

Preferred:

  • Master’s Degree in position related field
  • Nursing Informatics Certification
  • Previous management experience

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